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New Year’s Resolutions don’t last, Intentions do

I would like to start by explaining what is the difference between intention and resolution.

New Year Resolutions don’t last as they are often focused on big habits like losing weight, saving more money, doubling revenue, quitting smoking or drinking and exercising more. Studies show it takes 66 days before a new habit becomes automatic

Resolutions are more old-school, for those resolutions that I’ve done in the past and I didn’t achieve made me feel guilty.

An intention is more forgiving, without the built-in succeed-or-fail dynamic that seems to come with New Year’s resolutions.

An intention has a broader focus and “often has to do with relationships, careers, self-improvement or a larger call to action, such as travel.”In setting an intention, you resolve that you’re already “enough,” so you move forward without having an attachment to the outcome- it’s more about the journey.

So, how can you set your intentions for this year?

Write down a list of attainable things that you want to achieve, how you are going to achieve and when do you want to achieve them more or less. Things change but at least you have a more clear direction of where you want to go.

Instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” be specific about where that intention comes from; how about “I will treat my body with respect because my body is my temple.” “I will also add exercise each week and start doing healthier recipes”.

As a conclusion, we can say that setting intentions is way more effective than setting resolutions. What are your intentions for 2022?

By Natalia Vidal – Pink But Not Weak